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TriCare Can Pay for Travel Expenses

February 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Travis has a check-up next month with his neurosurgeon at Stanford.  When we got the insurance approval in the mail I noticed on the bottom of the letter from TriCare that it mentioned that travel reimbursement maybe be available if you are traveling more than 100 miles from your PCP.  Travis called the number on […]

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Tags: doctor · follow up · health insurance · medical bills · MRI · Stanford · Trigeminal schwannoma · Uncategorized · usefull info · visit

Two years ago today…An Update

July 13th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Two years ago today I was sitting in the Stanford Hospital waiting room worried that my husband might not make it through brain surgery. Since July 13, 2007 Travis has had too many medical appointments to count. He has been on too much medication, especially pain medication. He has been on Oxycontin, Duragesic pain patches, […]

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The tumor is completely gone!!!!

March 25th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Travis went to Palo Alto on Monday to have an MRI.  On Tuesday he saw Dr. Adler and was told that his tumor is completely gone.  As exciting as it is I still don’t think it has sunk in all the way. In my opinion, this is proof that CyberKnife radiation works.  It is the […]

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Tags: brain cancer · Brain Tumor · cancer · CyberKnife · Cyberknife radiation · Dr. Adler · radiation · Radiosurgery · recovery · Schwannoma military · Stanford · Trigeminal schwannoma · tumor · update

Filling in some of what has gone on over the last month

May 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I feel so guilty that I have not been able to update the website.  We have been really busy with all sorts of things.  Since my last update we have traveled to Stanford, I have been working on finishing my classes; we opened a kiosk, and did a bunch of other stuff.  I just can’t […]

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Tags: Dr. Adler · Miliary brain tumor · our company · Schwannoma military · Stanford · tumor · update

update

March 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

So much has been going on in our lives I do not even know where to start. Travis is currently in the MEB/PEB process, in civilian term this means that he is in the process of being medically retired from the military. It also means that he must attend different classes as well as additional […]

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Tags: back · back pain · driving · everyday life · follow up · helping families · Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund · MEB · military retirement · Miramar · MRI · nerve damage · nonprofit organization · PEB · Stanford · stress · support · thankful · update

The first CyberKnife Radiation treatment

November 8th, 2007 · No Comments

We got a call from Travis’s neurosurgeon.  He explained to us that the reason two treatments are needed is because the residual tumor is very close to Travis’s optic nerve.  To be safe the radiation should be broken up into two treatments.  Travis explained to his neurosurgeon that we could not really come back for […]

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Tags: Ativan · Brain Tumor · Cyberknife radiation · follow up · hospital · radiation · Radiosurgery · Stanford · tumor · update

Not sure what to think…

November 8th, 2007 · No Comments

We just got a call from the radiation department. They said that they were instructed to schedule Travis for two treatments.  All along we were told that he only needed one.  So now we are staying here for an extra night.  Travis is going to have one CyberKnife treatment first thing Friday morning and then […]

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Tags: confused · Cyberknife radiation · doctor · follow up · Stanford · stress · update

CT Scan, Good News, Long Day

November 7th, 2007 · No Comments

Today started early.  Travis had a CT Scan at 7:15am.  He took an Ativan before the appointment so that he could be relaxed.  We arrived at the Radiation Therapy unit and checked in.  They took us back into an area where they introduced their selves, took a picture of Travis for identification purposes, and started […]

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Tags: Brain Tumor · CT Scan · Cyberknife radiation · follow up · hospital · MRI · positive · Radiosurgery · Stanford · surgery · tumor · update

Back at Stanford for a follow up with his surgeon.

November 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Today we traveled up to Stanford.  Travis saw his neurosurgeon for the first time since the summer. He gave Travis’s progress a “B+”.  He said that he expects Travis’s eye to come back to normal.  He also expects his forehead to wrinkle again. Overall, the appointment went well.  We saw an MRI pre-surgery and compared it […]

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Tags: Brain Tumor · doctor · floow up · nerve damage · positive · Stanford · surgery · tumor · update

Radiation is just around the corner

November 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

This time next week Travis will be finishing up his radiation.  I hope that he gets the results that we are looking for.  All we can do is hope for the best.

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Tags: Cyberknife radiation · radiation · Radiosurgery · Stanford · tumor